IOC Leader Jacques Rogge really wants to set the record straight: Usain Bolt is definitely an “active” legend and the best runner ever.
Rogge elevated eye brows the 2009 week as he stated the Jamaican runner required to prove his greatness over a lot more than two Olympic games before achieving his self-announced status of “living legend.”
On Sunday, Rogge relented a little and emerged having a different wording for that six-time gold medalist.
“I mean this is purely a semantic issue,” he stated. Let me finalize this issue as follows: to say that Usain Bolt is an active performance legend, he is an icon, he is the best sprinter of all time.
Bolt won the 100 and 200 meters in the London Olympic Games, becoming the very first athlete to brush both occasions at consecutive games, and moored the Jamaican team to some world record within the 4x100-meter relay on Saturday evening.
Following the relay, Bolt stated: “The next time you see him (Rogge) I think you need to ask him what Usain needs to do that no human man has ever done.”
On Thursday, Rogge stated Bolt’s status ought to be determined in the finish of his career. He reported Carl Lewis for competing at four Olympic Games, winning nine gold medals, including four straight within the lengthy jump. Bolt leaves open whether he'll compete in the next Olympic Games in Rio p Janeiro in 2016, when he'll be 29 and sure past his prime.
Rogge, meanwhile, stated he would be a “very happy and grateful man” with the prosperity of the London Games and would offer words of praise in the speech in the closing ceremony on Sunday evening.
“I will say these games were ... something,” he stated. “I think what I have to say, everyone will be pleased by it, and it will express the gratitude of the IOC.”
Rogge happens to be unwilling to compare different Olympic Games, eschewing the habit of smoking of his predecessor Juan Antonio Samaranch of giving them a call “the best games ever.”
For his favorite’s moment from the games, Rogge paused for many seconds before offering a “sentimental” choice.
“The tears of Chris Hoy — I think that was the defining moment of the games,” he stated mentioning towards the British track cyclist who won his sixth career gold medal to exceed rower Steve Red grave as Britain’s most decorated Olympian.
Rogge also designated Kenyan runner David Rudisha’s world record within the 800 meters like a “living legend.”
He reported the 800-meter world record of Rudisha like a “magic moment.”
“This was beauty in action,” he said.
Rogge also pointed out Bolt’s three gold medals and Andy Murray’s victory within the tennis at Wimbledon as sporting highlights.
He recognized the prosperity of British sports athletes, who had won 28 gold medals entering Sunday’s final occasions. Rogge stated he'd told British authorities years back the performance of the house team was important the prosperity of the games.
“They had to wait two days for the first medal,” he stated. “From then on, you couldn’t follow the pace any more.”
Rogge stated South America, which in fact had only three gold medals working in London, will have to bolster its sports programs and medal chances in front of the Rio Games.
“It’s time to start and kick off as soon as possible,” he stated.
With Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei delivering female sports athletes towards the Olympic Games the very first time, Rogge stated it will require years before women’s sports become fully established in individuals nations.
“We need to work for a decade at least to see major improvements,” he stated.
Around the doping front, Rogge stated 117 positive tests have been recorded within the four several weeks prior to the games to discount drug cheats, with another seven sports athletes caught in pre-competition controls and something throughout competition in the games to date.